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Candidate summary file description

The candidate summary file contains summary financial information about each candidate registered with the FEC or appearing on an official state ballot for House, Senate or President. This information is available for the current election and for historical elections starting with the 2008 election. Special elections for House and Senate are also included.

Committees provide a summary of their financial activity in each filing. These summaries are combined for the full two year period to create the candidate summary file. A candidate’s financial totals include their principal campaign committee and other committees authorized to raise money on their behalf. The totals cover from January 1 of the year before the election through the most recent report submitted by the committees.

Data timing

The financial information is updated nightly based on electronic reports received or paper reports that have been computerized through 7 pm the previous day.

During the primary election season, the period covered may be different for candidates in different states, depending on their primary dates.

Candidate summary file format

Column name Field name Data type Description Range Description Example data
LIN_IMA Link to list of reports for the committee URl List of all disclosure filings for this committee Link to list of filings made directly by the candidate - mainly statements of candidacy for each election http://docquery.fec.gov/cgi-bin/fecimg/?_2018022099004767936+0
CAN_ID Candidate ID Character 9 characters First character indicates office sought - H=House, S=Senate, P=Presidential. Characters 3 & 4 are the state abbreviation for Congressional candidates
CAN_NAM Candidate name Character Name of candidate Max 90 characters Martha Washington
CAN_OFF Candidate office Text office abbreviation 1 character H=House, S=Senate, P=President h
CAN_OFF_STA Candidate office state Character Postal abbreviation for state 2 characters VA
CAN_OFF_DIS Candidate office district Number District number for House candidates 2 digits 01
CAN_PAR_AFF Candidate party affiliation Character Party abbreviation 3 characters Dem=Democrat
Rep=Republican
full list of party affiliations
Non
CAN_INC_CHA_OPE_SEA Candidate incumbent challenger open seat Character Incumbent or challenger or open seat indicator 10 characters I=incumbent; C=challenger; O=open seat (where no incumbent sought reelection) i
CAN_STR1 Candidate street 1

Text

Street address Provided by the candidate on a statement of candidacy 1001 George Washington Hwy
CAN_STR2 Candidate street 2 Text Generally suite number or other secondary address Suite 100
CAN_CIT Candidate city Text City of mailing address Note: mailing addresses are not necessarily within the district. Use Candidate office state and candidate office district to specify the location of a campaign Alexandria
CAN_STA Candidate state Text State of mailing address VA
CAN_ZIP Candidate ZIP code Number ZIP code of mailing address 5 digits 22201
IND_ITE_CON Individual itemized contribution Currency Sum of itemized contributions from individuals Contributions must be itemized (i.e. listing specific information about the donor and the contribution) when the total given to the campaign from a single individual exceeds $200. 10,000.00
IND_UNI_CON Individual unitemized contribution Currency Sum of unitemized contributions from individuals Total given to the campaign where specific information about the donors is not required because they have not given more than $200 10,000.00
IND_CON Individual contribution Currency Total contributions from individuals Sum of the previous two fields (i.e. ind_ite_con and ind_uni_con) 10,000.00
PAR_COM_CON Party committee contribution Currency Contributions from party committees These must be itemized regardless of amount 10,000.00
OTH_COM_CON Other committee contribution Currency Contributions from other committees Mostly contributions from PACs, also includes contributions from other candidates. These also must be itemized regardless of amount. 10,000.00
CAN_CON Candidate contribution Currency Contributions from the candidate 10,000.00
TOT_CON Total contribution Currency Total contributions Sum of the previous 4 fields (i.e. ind_con, par_com_con, oth_com_con and can_con) 10,000.00
TRA_FRO_OTH_AUT_COM Transfer from other authorized committee Currency Candidates may have more than one committee working for their election (including joint fundraising committees). Transfers from other authorized committees included here. 10,000.00
CAN_LOA Candidate loan Currency Loans received from the candidate 10,000.00
OTH_LOA Other loan Currency Other loans Often from banks, but must be made in the normal course of business including interest rates and collateral. Loans from individuals are treated as contributions. 10,000.00
TOT_LOA Total loan Currency Sum of the previous 2 fields (i.e. can_loa and oth_loa) 10,000.00
OFF_TO_OPE_EXP Offsets to operating expenditure Currency e.g. refund of deposit for phone bank, etc. 10,000.00
OFF_TO_FUN Offsets to fundraising Currency Applies only for Presidential candidates receiving public matching funds in the primaries 10,000.00
OFF_TO_LEG_ACC Offsets to legal accounting Currency Applies only for Presidential candidates receiving public matching funds in the primaries 10,000.00
OTH_REC Other receipts Currency E.g. interest on bank deposits, capital gains, etc. 10,000.00
TOT_REC Total receipts Currency Sum of all receipt categories 10,000.00
OPE_EXP Operating expenditure Currency Total of normal operating expenditures. These must also be itemized when payments to a specific vendor exceed $200. 10,000.00
EXE_LE_ACC_DIS Exempt legal accounting disbursement Currency Applies only for Presidential candidates receiving public matching funds in the primaries 10,000.00
FUN_DIS Fundraising disbursement Currency Applies only for Presidential candidates receiving public matching funds in the primaries 10,000.00
TRA_TO_OTH_AUT_COM Transfer to other authorized committee Currency Candidates may have more than one committee working for their election (including joint fundraising committees). Transfers to other authorized committees included here. 10,000.00
CAN_LOA_REP Candidate loan repayment Currency Loan repayments to the candidate 10,000.00
OTH_LOA_REP Other loan repayment Currency Loan repayments to banks or others 10,000.00
TOT_LOA_REP Total loan repayment Currency Sum of the previous 2 fields (i.e. can_loa_rep and oth_loa_rep) 10,000.00
IND_REF Individual refund Currency Contribution refunds made to individuals 10,000.00
PAR_COM_REF Party committee refund Currency Contribution refunds made to parties 10,000.00
OTH_COM_REF Other committee refund Currency Contribution refunds made to other committees Mainly PACs or other candidates 10,000.00
TOT_CON_REF Total contribution refund Currency Sum of the previous 3 fields (i.e. ind_ref, par_com_ref and oth_com_ref) 10,000.00
OTH_DIS Other disbursement Currency e.g. donations to charity, contributions to state or local candidates, etc. 10,000.00
TOT_DIS/td> Total disbursement Currency Sum of all disbursement categories 10,000.00
CAS_ON_HAN_BEG_OF_PER Cash on hand beginning of period Currency Cash balance for the campaign at the start of the two-year period 10,000.00
CAS_ON_HAN_CLO_OF_PER Cash on hand close of period Currency Ending cash balance on the most recent filing 10,000.00
NET_CON Net contribution Currency Sum of all contributions minus any contribution refunds 10,000.00
NET_OP_EXP Net operating expenditure Currency Sum of all operating expenditures minus any offsets to those expenditures 10,000.00
DEB_OWE_BY_COM Debt owed by committee Currency 10,000.00
DEB_OWE_BY_COM Debt owed to committee Currency 10,000.00
COV_STA_DAT Coverage start date

Date

MM/DD/YYYY Beginning date for the first report during the two year period 01/01/2017
COV_END_DATt Coverage end date

Date

MM/DD/YYYY Ending date of the most recent report 04/15/2018